Former team member Kara Goucher has called for the end of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) after the suspension against the founder Alberto Salazar, in which also trained the German World Cup third Konstanze Klosterhalfen. "It has to go," said the World Cup runner-up over 10,000 meters from 2007, who testified against her former coach, the BBC (read the original text here).
"I'm sorry for the athletes because I think many of them are innocent," said Goucher. "If I were Nike, I'd take some new coaches and quit the project because it clearly had principles that are not in line with the clean sport line, you should stop it and give the athletes the chance to train among new people. "
Klosterhalfen has officially been a member of the NOP since April, but according to his own statements, did not train directly with Salazar. At the World Championships in Doha she won on Saturday bronze over 5000 meters and then declared that she wanted to continue training in the NOP. Salazar was suspended last Tuesday for violating anti-doping regulations for four years.
NOP in the medal table ahead of Germany
Goucher also advocated that all stored blood samples should be retested by NOP athletes – including their own. At the same time she also defended the NOP athletes: "Just because they are running for this project does not mean that they are doing something wrong."
However, she could not understand if athletes remained in the project "despite the boss's condemnation". "I can not understand this part," said Goucher.
The runners of the project have powerfully scored at the World Cup. If the elite runners, who like to call themselves a team, were in the medal table, then they would have gold as often as China. And rank fifth, ahead of Germany (2-0-4).
Seven of the twelve endurance athletes from the stable of the now suspended coach Alberto Salazar were in Doha at the start. The balance of the NOP: three times gold, once silver and just once bronze by Konstanze Klosterhalfen.
The American Donavan Brazier won over 800 meters, Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia won silver over 10 000 meters. A native of Ethiopia, Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) triumphed over 1,500 and 10,000 meters, which nobody had ever achieved before her. She protested in the face of the long-standing debate about her personal coach Salazar: "I'm clean and will always be clean."